As osteoporosis is a preventable condition it is important to make a diagnosis as early as possible. In practice this means detecting low bone mass before a fracture occurs. There are several different methods used to measure bone mass but the most widely used and most accurate is Dual Energy Xray Absorptiometry (DXA) Scan. These bone mass measurements are usually made in the areas that are most at risk of facture eg. the spine and hips.
Screening for Osteoporosis
Dxa Scan is a non-invasive and painless method of measuring Bone Mineral Density (BMD). The lower the BMD the more fragile the bones are.
Dxa is currently the most accurate and widely used method used to evaluate bone density.
The Spine and Hips are scanned while you lie comfortably on the scanning table.
A bone density scan can diagnose osteoporosis, assess your risk of breaking a bone and monitor the effects of treatment.